Curtiss Malting Company


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Curtiss Malting Company

Click for larger image. P-RS, Dennis Maher, Giles Kavanagh

1100 Niagara Street, Buffalo NY 14213


  • 1100 Niagara Street LLC per city property viewer.
  • Giles Kavanagh per Buffalo News.

Physical Description

  • 45,000 sf warehouse building.

Current Condition

  • Vacant and deteriorating, but under responsible ownership.


  • Built as the Curtiss Malting Company.
  • Was an Agway warehouse at one time.
  • Buffalo News:
    • "The 1899 facility was one of the first in the country to harness electric power from Niagara Falls, using it to run a series of malting drums to process the malt.
    • In 1911, the building was sold to the Fleischmann Co., a large multistate malting operation, until Prohibition caused the company in 1920 to become a farmers’ cooperative grain warehouse (Grange League Federation, later Agway), which it remained for 62 years.
    • An unusual, square-shaped concrete grain elevator on the southeast side of the property stands as a testament to that period."
    • The Grange League Federation "owned and operated two feed mills in the city, and, in 1922, its Niagara Street feed mixing operation produced 43,800 tons of dairy and poultry feed. By 1929-30 that site was yielding 547,000 tons." (from this HAER report)

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2014 - Site of a large "Buffalove" installation built as part of BYP's Valentine heart-bombing of worthwhile structures in need of attention.
  • 2015 - A one story add-on structure to the front was removed.
    • Per the owner, Giles Kavanagh: "Fret not. Original building is in surprisingly good shape. I own it. It would be demo'ed over my dead body."
    • When asked about potential reuse: "Not sure what to do, but likely event hall, beer hall. Inside is a natural stage. Probably will be open to multiple functions: weddings, New Years, oktoberfests, concerts, theater, dance."
  • December 2021 - Application for local landmarking has been made by the owner. Application File (large file)
  • January 2022: Owner Giles Kavanagh has found investors and has plans to repair and secure the building.
  • January 21, 2022: The Common Council has asked owner Giles Kavanagh to share plans for repairing and securing the building.
  • January 26, 2022 - the Common Council voted unanimously to designate 1100 Niagara as a local landmark. The building was nominated by owner, Giles Kavanagh/1100 Niagara LLC.

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Added 2014-02-03 • Last changed 2022-01-27